New Port GM for East Cape

Dec 23, 2002
Author: P&S

Ms Nosipho Damasane has been appointed General Manager Operations for the ports of East London and Port Elizabeth, after having been appointed to the position in an acting capacity in June 2002.

Prior to her appointment in 1998 as East London Port Manager Ms Damasane attended port management courses in Singapore and Rotterdam as well as a Logistics Management course in Singapore. She has also visited the ports in Florida and Germany for benchmarking purposes.
In 2000 Portnet divisionalised into the National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA) and South African Port Operations (SAPO), and Ms Damasane was appointed as a Business Unit Manager for SAPO's Multi-Purpose Terminal in East London.

In June this year she became Acting General Manager for the East London and Port Elizabeth terminals, becoming the first woman in the organisation to be appointed to an operational position at this level.
Under her guidance, the East London Multi-Purpose Terminal has become a thriving and profitable sector over the past three years, and is playing a major role underpinning the economy of the Eastern Cape region.

She will continue to live in East London and commute between the two East Cape ports, but is focusing her attention on the Port of Port Elizabeth. In the past six months, as acting GM, she began implementing structural changes, which included combining the container and multi purpose terminals for greater efficiency and introducing projects that she is confident will turn their profitability around.

"Although in an acting position, I saw this as a key opportunity," she said.
She also sees the Eastern Cape's strategy of being an automotive hub in line with the Motor Industries Development Programme (MIDP) as confirming the strategy for the East London and the Port Elizabeth terminals, which is to strengthen and expand their bases for the import and export of components and fully built-up vehicles.

She says she doesn't underestimate the challenge that Coega, on her doorstep, poses to the continued viability of her terminals, but believes that the automotive industry will remain with the port of PE, with it being the clean port.

* Picture of Nosipho Damasane, new general manager East London and Port Elizabeth

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